Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
The 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 12, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Center at Virginia State University, 20809 2nd Avenue, Petersburg, VA 23803.
Only those students who indicated on their summer 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023 graduation application that they intended to participate in the Commencement Ceremony are permitted to participate in the ceremony and to purchase regalia and invitations.
RSVP by April 23 to participate in the ceremony. This mandatory response will reserve a seat for you at the ceremony.
When you purchase your regalia, you will be given a packet of ten commencement invitations. Participants may purchase additional invitations at $5.00 per packet (cash only). There is a limited supply of invitations, which will be sold on a first come, first served basis.
Graduates must check-in between 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. Graduates who arrive after 3:45 p.m. will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
Diplomas are not given out at the ceremony. A letter will be sent to all spring semester 2023 graduates in the summer with information about diploma pick up. Keep your mailing address current on your myBrightpoint account.
Graduates who have completed a minimum of 50 percent of their degree or certificate requirements at Brightpoint Community College may be eligible for graduation honors. For the Commencement Ceremony, graduation honors for spring 2023 semester graduates will reflect the student’s GPA at the conclusion of the fall 2022 semester.
Participation in the Commencement Ceremony does not denote the official certification of a degree or certificate. Official certification of graduate status is only made when all requirements have been satisfactorily processed and recorded by the Admissions and Records Office. If you need official verification of your degree, you will need to order an Official Transcript from the Admissions & Records Office. NOTE: www.parchment.com will not hold your request until graduation is posted; wait until your degree is posted to order from Parchment.
Graduates with special mobility needs should contact Heather Atkinson at 804-706-5165.
Keep your mailing address and phone number current in the Student Information System on your myBrightpoint account. You may receive important mailings from the college at this address.
Please check your student email and our website leading up to Commencement day. We may post updates.
If you have additional questions regarding commencement, e-mail the graduation coordinators.